August 21, 2014 : By Drew Menard
|Jasmin Alexander, Miss Black USA 2014 (Photo courtesy of Rob Roberts/Afro American Newspaper)|
On Sunday, Aug. 10, U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Jasmin Alexander, an intelligence officer, won the 2014 Miss Black USA pageant. She was awarded a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Africa. Alexander graduated in 2013 with an M.A. in Human Services Counseling with a cognate in Executive Leadership. She was selected as Miss Black Colorado USA 2014 on Aug. 1 before going on to win the national crown.
As a military student, Alexander said going to Liberty was an easy choice. Both of her parents are also Liberty graduates.
“The staff there offers a stress-free environment, and they understand the everyday challenges military members have when it comes to deployments, change of station, and other life events that arise,” she said. “I also thoroughly enjoyed the scripture postings I was able to view before every assignment posted.”
In 2013, Alexander was deployed to Afghanistan where she served on a mission to secure troop safety.
While serving as Miss Black USA, Alexander will continue to balance her military responsibilities with speaking engagements, appearances, and other events. She will also further the cause of the Heart Truth campaign, an initiative that raises awareness about the dangers of heart disease for women and offers healthy living and exercise tips.
Miss Black USA serves as a platform for African-American women and has offered over $200,000 in scholarships. It promotes health and education while seeking to instill confidence in young women of color.